• Pausing at Dusk

    Today, for some random reason, I remembered this poem I wrote last fall (see below).  I often find myself thinking more about light in the autumn than any other time of year, perhaps because it’s manifested so beautifully in our landscapes.  The dancing colors in deciduous leaves.  The earlier nights and richer sunsets.  The dappled silhouettes of trees giving way to solitary lines sketched out by charcoal shadows left after the falling.

    Last week I was in Santa Rosa, California for the successful first annual National Heirloom Expo–a terrific event engineered by Jere and Emilee Gettle of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.  I spoke about passionate gardening with heirloom flowers–what a great audience.  I’ve posted the powerpoint from that lecture on the Handouts and Downloads page.  Here are a few ‘fall’ images from Santa Rosa.  And don’t forget that poem…

    What’s fall looking like in your garden so far?


    Pausing at Dusk

    Tears, dew drops, and pearly

    glints of sunlight




    Shimmerous and slight


    Dusk knows not what dawn may bring

    And dawn knows not what dusk has seen


    In this daystruck, nightlong

    quest through modes of light

    I find


    Tears, dew drops, and pearly glints

    Hovering madly

    through my mind.



7 Responsesso far.

  1. Faye Frank says:

    Kelly, What a lovely poem. It captures the color, light and nostalgia of fall. It seems as if the two middle weeks of Sept. change so rapidly from the summer season to the autumn season.

  2. kdnblog says:

    I agree Faye….there is a period in September where in a seeming blink it passes from summer to fall.

  3. Janelle says:

    I was at your lecture about heirloom flowers and chic vintage. It was great, really enjoyed it! thanks for posting the power point… i was taking so many notes i dunno if i got to see all the pics;)

  4. kdnblog says:

    Thanks for the kind words Janelle! Glad you enjoyed the talk!

  5. I was all set to attend the National Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa this year but my car wasn’t in the best of shape, so driving from Los Angeles to Santa Rosa was not an option. However, I’m determined to make it for the 2012 Expo which I believe is scheduled for Sept. 11 thru 13.

    I love the photos you took, Kelly, especially of the heirloom tomatoes and the Opuntia ficus with its prickly pears — yummy! I’ve got a few Celocias in my side yard and they never cease to amaze me.

  6. Kelly Norris says:

    the NHE is a great event! Hope you can make it next year and soak up all it has to offer!

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